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Now I had to start all over, after months of working and struggling to build that web site just way I wanted it.
I had heard so many good things about Front Page 2000, but couldn't see investing $150 for software, when I had already paid $99 for software I was using. This time I knew I was on my own. No way could I afford another three hour phone call ! I thought about it for a few days.
I read about netscape in an ezine. I thought, 'jane, how could you be so dumb?' ! You can use netscape to build your website ! That was a joke! I have to compare Netscape to directions for putting together an item you just purchased. How many times have I bought something that I had to put together ! The directions are so 'easy', aren't they? You will be lucky if they printed out full directions. There are always 'fading' letters, I call them, which leaves you trying to figure out what those letters are so that you can put item together.
Let's not even discuss wizards ! As far as a newbie is concerned, they might as well not be there! I didn't talk their language and they didn't talk mine!
That didn't work. either ! What to do............... ........... Well, I decided to go ahead and purchase Front Page 2000. Months before, I had purchased Terry Dean's Busn. 2000 package, which contained a video on how to use Front Page 2000 to build your web pages. I have to say that I have found Front Page 2000 to be easiest piece of software I have used, once I got to know my way around it. Between video and software, I managed to get my website up and running. When I did feedback forms for my site, I would watch video, pause it, work with forms, back to video ........you get picture. Anyway, I DID IT!! It was time for me to upload my pages to my host's server. With Front Page, this was a snap. Just click on publish web and it was off and running. Once I got pages published, I couldn't wait to view my website! I typed my URL into browser and waited. Error page. I got an error page! What happened? I uploaded pages. Where were they? I immediately emailed my sponsor. I told him that I had uploaded my pages, but they weren't there! He emailed me back, all calm and cool, and told me to go into my control panel and upload index.htm. I did this, although I was highly skeptical. I just knew that I was going to have to begin all over again! But, guess what, It worked!! I finally had my website up! All I could do was look at it and cry!! I actually DID IT!!! (with a little help from my friends).
I wrote this story about how I got my website up to encourage all of you out there that are struggling with whatever:
1) NEVER give up!! 2) Read ezines--they help!! 3) Ask for help. There are people out there that are willing to help you. 4) YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
I still have a lot to learn about world wide web, but I am willing to learn and it will come in time, when I'm ready to receive it. One thing I am learning is patience. Patience has never been one of my strengths, but it's becoming one dealing with web. I am meeting a lot of great people and doing something that I love to do along way. The lasting friendships, doing something I enjoy and yes, even failures and triumphs of learning are all worth 'Blood, Sweat and Tears'
Jane Fulton is owner and webmistress of: http://janes-place.com janes-place is dedicated to helping newbies. If you are new to the internet, you need to sign-up for Newbie & Affiliate SOS Newsletter and learn to use your computer like a pro! http://janes-place.com/sos.htm